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Pink Lapacho The winter delight
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Pink Lapacho The winter delight

December 29, 2019

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist With the onset of winter many a deciduous tree shed their old leaves followed by fresh growth of foliage and flowers. This phenomenon of rejuvenation begins during December in many ornamental trees lining the avenues of Mysuru. Among these ‘Pink Lapacho’ is the first to dress up…

Aparajitha: The Memory Booster
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Aparajitha: The Memory Booster

November 3, 2019

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Among the innumerable plants used in native system of medicines  ‘Aparajita’  stands out as a curative herb to improve memory. In Ayurveda,  it is grouped under ‘Medhya’  category forming part of  “Shirovirechanopaga” group of herbs associated with detoxification and cleansing of the brain and associated nervous system. A perennial creeper…

‘Kadamba’ Vriksha: Sri Krishna’s favourite
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‘Kadamba’ Vriksha: Sri Krishna’s favourite

August 25, 2019

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Many indigenous trees are designated as sacred trees as they are associated with mythology, religion and folklore. A few are symbolic of specific God(s). ‘Kadamba’ is one such tree associated with Lord Krishna. The flowers are offered in temples and used in tribal festivals. The tree is…

Christmas Kalanchoes: The ‘Winter Delight’
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Christmas Kalanchoes: The ‘Winter Delight’

January 20, 2019

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Mob: 97429-91057  e-mail: [email protected] During the late winter, local plant nurseries are flooded with an innumerable variety of foliage and flowering annuals. Among these, Kalanchoes with blooms in multitude of colours stand apart.   They are eye-catching and most sought after plants known for their fleshy leaves and…

Ivory Wood Tree: A nature’s gift for making Channapatna toys
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Ivory Wood Tree: A nature’s gift for making Channapatna toys

July 8, 2018

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist There are trees known as multipurpose trees (MPT) used for different purposes.  A few provide timber for commercial purposes but endowed with medicinal properties besides being ornamental. “The Ivory Wood” tree, used for making Channapatna toys, belongs to this category. The wood turns to ivory colour with…

Tree Facts: The Bengal Clock Vine
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Tree Facts: The Bengal Clock Vine

May 13, 2018

Climbers are an integral part of any garden.  Perching on trees, resting on low roofs, high buildings, twining on arches, pergolas and trellises, they display dazzling beauty with decorative foliage and colourful blooms often with sweet fragrance. One of the prettiest climbers, which grows luxuriantly in Mysuru’s  salubrious climate is “The Bengal Clock Vine.” The…

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